A wanted sex offender suspected of attacking a woman in Reston on June 11 is in custody after FCPD detectives arrested him in Fairfax on July 17.
Steven Michael Edwards, 62, was arrested and charged in connection with the sexual assault of a woman that occurred in Reston on June 11.
According to a Fairfax County police press release, officers responded to the area of Reston Parkway and Baron Cameron Avenue around 11 p.m. that evening after a 49-year-old woman was located with physical injuries. A subsequent investigation revealed that the woman was on a nearby walking path when she was “hit from behind and sexually assaulted.” She was taken to a hospital where she received medical treatment for injuries that were not deemed life-threatening.
Edwards is being charged with abduction with intent to defile. He was arrested July 17 around 1:30 p.m. in the City of Fairfax. Edwards was charged, taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center (ADC), and is now being held without bond.
With the support of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office sketch artist, FCPD detectives say they were able provide the community with a drawing and likeness of Edwards that assisted during the investigation. The sketch was published in the Fairfax County Times, as well as in other media outlets, in June.
“We are grateful for the community’s help and our partnership with Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office to bring justice in this case,” the department said in a July 17 release.
According to the Virginia State Police Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry, Edwards’ last known address is listed as being in the 9100 block of Richmond Highway in Fort Belvoir, but the Town of Herndon Police Department had a run in with Edwards in Herndon— exactly three years to the day before the recent June 11 attack in Reston—on June 11, 2016.
On that same exact day three years ago, Edwards had an altercation at the Herndon Fortnightly Library with the father of a little girl who accused Edwards of taking pictures of his daughter.
After investigating the incident, Edwards was arrested by the Herndon police on June 18; not for the library incident in which they said no crime had been committed, but for failing to register as a sex offender since “moving to Herndon.” At the time, it was reported that Edwards had been registered as a sex offender in Florida, but not in Virginia. But according to the Virginia State Police Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry—which lists Edwards as “Wanted” in bright red letters without saying why—Edwards was originally convicted of a sex crime in Greenville, South Carolina in 2006. He later registered in Virginia in 2014 and renewed his registration again this past March.
Reports concerning the 2016 Herndon library incident described Edwards as being 5 feet, 5 inches tall, but the VSP registry lists Edwards as being 6 feet, 1 inch tall.
The VSP Sex Offender registry also states that there currently are 742 registered sex offenders in Fairfax County. Of this number, 159 are civilly committed or incarcerated within the county, leaving 583 residing among the county’s approximate 1.1 million residents.